1st local polio case found in Zambia since 1995 - UN

1st local polio case found in Zambia since 1995 - UN

The World Health Organization says Zambia has reported its first local case of polio since 1995, in a 2-year-old boy paralyzed by a virus derived from the vaccine.
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Kenyan civil servants ordered to wear locally manufactured clothing on Fridays

Kenyan civil servants ordered to wear locally manufactured clothing on Fridays

Kenyan civil servants have been ordered to wear locally tailored clothes to work on Fridays and during public holidays to help create employment.
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Attacks on LGBT+ Ugandans on the rise after minister proposes death for gay sex

Attacks on LGBT+ Ugandans on the rise after minister proposes death for gay sex

Uganda has seen a rise in attacks on LGBT+ people since a minister proposed bringing back the death penalty for gay sex, campaigners said.
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Zimbabwe declares new public holiday to protest US sanctions

Zimbabwe declares new public holiday to protest US sanctions

Zimbabwe has declared a new public holiday to protest US sanctions it says are hurting its economy, and the day comes with a state-sponsored festival.
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Secret, unsafe abortion on the rise in Nigeria

Secret, unsafe abortion on the rise in Nigeria

An estimated 2.7 million abortions are carried out in Nigeria each year, the majority performed secretly and in dangerous conditions, with poor, uneducated women most at risk. The surge is attributed to the Boko Haram conflict.
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Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in two months

Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in two months

At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe's biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities, authorities said.
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Press Freedom Day highlights torture faced by jailed Egyptian journalist

Press Freedom Day highlights torture faced by jailed Egyptian journalist

Egyptian journalist, Esraa Abdel Fattah, was allegedly blindfolded and beaten for four hours by security forces before being sentenced to 15 days in jail.
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South Sudan opposition reject transitional government proposal

South Sudan opposition reject transitional government proposal

South Sudan's opposition leaders, Dr Reik Machar and Dr Lam Akol, have both rejected the November 12 deadline for the formation of the Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity.
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How to eat in Africa

How to eat in Africa

If you need some time to find yourself or fall in love with Africa, the continent delivers with culture, warm people and cuisine.
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BDP faces tight contest in Botswana elections

BDP faces tight contest in Botswana elections

Botswana's ruling party faces the tightest election of its history after former President Ian Khama announced his support for the opposition, shaking up one of Africa's most stable countries.
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European drug regulator gives approval of Ebola vaccine

European drug regulator gives approval of Ebola vaccine

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) human medicines committee (CHMP) has given its stamp of approval for the Ebola vaccine. The experimental vaccine currently being used to prevent the spread of Ebola is manufactured by US company, Merck.
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Burundi cracks down on foreign currencies in black market

Burundi cracks down on foreign currencies in black market

Burundi authorities crackdown on the foreign currency black market with more than 40 arrests made.
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Sudan peace talks postponed

Sudan peace talks postponed

Sudan's peace talks delayed for 15 days or up to a month. Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) Saif Saeed said talks with the transitional government would only continue after some outstanding issues were resolved.
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Moroccan journalist held for alleged abortion pardoned

Moroccan journalist held for alleged abortion pardoned

Moroccan journalist,Hajar Raissouni,who was sentenced to a year in jail for premarital sex and having an abortion has been pardoned by King Mohammed VI.
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Saudi releases Ethiopia prisoners

Saudi releases Ethiopia prisoners

Four hundred Ethiopians detained in the Kingdon of Saudi Arabia have been returned home. The country has agreed to release 1 400 Ethiopian prisoners.
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Kenya to roll-out free cervical cancer vaccine to 10-year-old girls

Kenya to roll-out free cervical cancer vaccine to 10-year-old girls

Kenyan government has set aside $8 million on the project which aims to immunise 800,000 girls against the cancer-causing papilloma virus (HPV).
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Zim teens call for access to birth control

Zim teens call for access to birth control

Civil organisations are calling on the Zimbabwean government to remove age restrictions in teenagers accessing family planning.
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Robotic surgery 'the future of medicine'

Robotic surgery 'the future of medicine'

The Urology Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa has successfully applied robotic surgery in almost 2 000 major urological procedures. The Urology Hospital is reportedly the way of the future for medicine.
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Wits University researcher gets international recognition

Wits University researcher gets international recognition

A Wits University researcher and inventor, Michael Lucas, has scooped the prestigious Prix Hubert Tuor Innovation Award for his Antimicrobial Coating Technology at the International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control in Geneva.
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Malawi denies reports of first Ebola case

Malawi denies reports of first Ebola case

Health authorities in Malawi have dismissed as false reports that first Ebola case has been recorded in the country's border district of Karonga.
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Sundan ordered to repay $16 billion it owes to creditors

Sundan ordered to repay $16 billion it owes to creditors

The World Bank says Sudan must repay the $16 billion it owes to creditors before it will consider loaning the country more debt relief.
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Uganda to immunize over 18 million children against measles

Uganda to immunize over 18 million children against measles

Uganda is set to immunize more than 18 million children against measles and rubella, in a five-day mass immunization campaign. The campaign, funded by the country's government, AVI - the Vaccine Alliance; the United Nations Children's Fund; and the
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Three African athletes nominated for IAAF Male World Athlete of 2019.

Three African athletes nominated for IAAF Male World Athlete of 2019.

Three Africans are among the nominees announced by the IAAF for Male World Athlete of 2019.
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Zimbabwe to ship 33 baby elephants to China

Zimbabwe to ship 33 baby elephants to China

A Chinese ground crew are in Zimbabwe to prepare 33 baby elephants for imminent shipment to China, according to sources near Hwang National Park.
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Kais Saied wins Tunis elections, says exit polls

Kais Saied wins Tunis elections, says exit polls

Independent law professor Kais Saied has overwhelmingly won Tunisia's presidential run-off, according to a polling agency.
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World Bank concerned about Kenya's rising debt

World Bank concerned about Kenya's rising debt

Kenya's rising debt has become a concern to the World Bank, with the international organisation warning Nairobi not to borrow more money than it can repay.
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Rwanda breaks world women representation in Parliament.

Rwanda breaks world women representation in Parliament.

Rwanda has increased its women representation in Parliament, beating its current world record of 64 percent.
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Uganda considers death penalty for homosexuals

Uganda considers death penalty for homosexuals

Uganda is considering the re-introduction of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill which proposes a life sentence for engaging in "homosexual activity". The bill also proposed the death penality for "aggravated homosexuality".
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel peace prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel peace prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the 2019 Nobel peace prize for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation.
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Nigerian star's, Davido, unborn baby scores endorsement deal

Nigerian star's, Davido, unborn baby scores endorsement deal

Nigerian International music superstar, David Adeleke , better known as Davido, has announced securing an endorsement deal from a Nigerian diaper- brand for his unborn child.
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Nigeria's technology ecosystem is making millions

Nigeria's technology ecosystem is making millions

Nigeria's technology ecosystem raised a total of $178 million in 166 investment deals in 2018, and the figures are rising in 2019.
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Halaal Week envisions Cape Town as the halaal hub of Africa

Halaal Week envisions Cape Town as the halaal hub of Africa

Cape Town, which is determined to become the Halaal hub of Africa, is hosting the second Halaal Week
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Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria bids for 14 billion funding

Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria bids for 14 billion funding

A global organisation funding the fight against three major diseases is hoping for 14 billion dollars in funding at a donor conference opening on Wednesday in the French city of Lyon. The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria says that
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Africa's first robotic knee operation conducted at Joburg hospital

Africa's first robotic knee operation conducted at Joburg hospital

In a first for the African continent, a full knee replacement operation has been carried out using the state-of-the-art Mako robotic arm assisted surgery system.
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Ghanaian lecturer to sue BBC over sex scandal reports

Ghanaian lecturer to sue BBC over sex scandal reports

A senior lecturer at the University of Ghana is threatening to sue the BBC over a report that alleged he gave his students grades based on their willingness to engage in sex with him.
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Kibera, Africa's largest slum, to host inaugural world poverty forum

Kibera, Africa's largest slum, to host inaugural world poverty forum

One of Africa's best-known social entrepreneurs is launching a new global forum designed to tackle world poverty and will hold the event in Kenya's Kibera, the continent's largest urban slum.
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Ethiopian airline plane makes emergency landing when engine catches on fire

Ethiopian airline plane makes emergency landing when engine catches on fire

An Ethiopian Airline jet was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its engines caught fire. Boeing 767 aircraft landed in Dakar with all 90 passengers and crew aboard unharmed.
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Largest mosque in West Africa open in Senegal

Largest mosque in West Africa open in Senegal

The largest mosque in West Africa has officially opened its doors, reports Construction Review Online (CR). It stands 255 feet, sits on a six-hectare site and can take in 15,000 worshipers inside and another 15,000 on an outside esplanade.
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Rwanda launches first 'Made in Africa' phone

Rwanda launches first 'Made in Africa' phone

Rwanda's Mara Group launched two smartphones, describing them as the first "Made in Africa" models and giving a boost to the country's ambitions to become a regional technology hub.
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Ethiopia to launch its own remote satellite

Ethiopia to launch its own remote satellite

Ethiopia announced plans to launch its own satellite by December, this year, for agricultural purposes.
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Ethiopians celebrate at Irrecha festival

Ethiopians celebrate at Irrecha festival

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa are celebrating a festival widely seen as promoting peace and unity.
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Facebook removes accounts following inauthentic behaviour.

Facebook removes accounts following inauthentic behaviour.

The tech giant said it removed 443 Facebook and 125 Instagram accounts, as well as 200 pages and 76 groups originating in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Nigeria and Indonesia.
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About 90 percent of cars in Nigeria are smuggled in

About 90 percent of cars in Nigeria are smuggled in

About 90 percent of cars, including those on display at dealerships in Nigeria were smuggled into the country by unscrupulous elements, says Nigeria's customs.
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Zimbabwe to introduce new currency

Zimbabwe to introduce new currency

Zimbabwe is to introduce a new currency in November to curb current cash shortages in the country.
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US reopens embassy in Somalia

US reopens embassy in Somalia

The US has reopened its embassy in Somalia nearly 30 years after it closed it after civil war broke out in the country.
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18th Century Ethiopian crown returns home

18th Century Ethiopian crown returns home

An 18th Century Ethiopian crown will finally be returned home after being hidden in a Dutch flat for over two decades. It was discovered by now Dutch citizen,Sirak Asfaw, in a suitcase belonging to his fellow Ethiopian guest.
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Kenya's Central Bank says 7.1 billion of old shilling worthless paper

Kenya's Central Bank says 7.1 billion of old shilling worthless paper

Nearly 210 million of old 1,000 shilling ($10) notes has been returned, the central bank announced. This means 7.3bn shillings became worthless pieces of paper, bank governor Patrick Njoroge said.
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Zanu-PF to transfer ownership of Blue Roof mansion to Mugabe family

Zanu-PF to transfer ownership of Blue Roof mansion to Mugabe family

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party will transfer ownership of the palatial home in Harare where President Robert Mugabe lived, to his family, the Herald newspaper quoted a party official as saying.
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